We had both great weather and a great turnout for the Ohio Parks on the Air contest this Saturday.  Thanks to all the amateur radio operators who came out and made this happen on such a short notice.  We made 141 contacts across 39 state parks for a claimed score of 5499.  We now have a bar to aim for next year, so mark you calendars and plan on attending!

The club is holding a technician class for the last three Saturdays in September.  We are reloacting the time and location to 12:00pm at the Delta Public Library, still the last Saturday of the month (29th).

 

Where: Harrison Lake State Park (Fulton County)
When: September 8th, 12:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Who: The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club operating K8BXQ
Details: http://parks.portcars.org/ospota/

Hi folks, Saturday is coming around quickly.  We have plans to be out at Harrison Lake operating in the OSPOTA Contest.  This will be the first time Harrison Lake will be activated, so we are very excited to participate.  Please check the organizers website for rules and details on operating.  We will be operating out of the covered pavilion near the foot bridge on the north east side of the lake, but we will send out one more email before the event to confirm this.  As far as I know, we have myself, Bryan (kb8elg), and Lindsay (k8li) bringing along rigs and antennas to operate.  Since we are focusing on working as many ohio state parks as possible, we will probably run wire antennas for 80, 40, and 20.  If you plan on stopping out, we should be there a little earlier then the start at 12:00pm to string antennas.  Please do stop out if you have time and say hi, or take a turn calling CQ.

Sorry folks, my work schedule has been keeping me a little busy these days.  A tad late, but here you go...

A summary of the FCARC meeting notes for August 20th, 2012:

The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm with 22 members and guests in attendance. Introductions were made and minutes from the previous meeting as well as the treasurer's report were read and accepted.

Committee reports follow:

Education: No testing session will be held at the end of August due to vacation schedules.  Bryan (KB8ELG) still has plans for a Technician Class on the last three Saturdays of September (15, 22, and 29) and hopes to pick a few more participants at the Fulton County Fair August 31-September 6th.

Repeater Committee:  The backup repeater is a loss following the May lighting hit.  We are waiting for a formal writeup of damage to submit to the insurance company.

Memorial Committee: No report.

The next club meeting will be held on September 16th at the County Administration Building (same as the Drivers License Bureau), 152 S. Fulton St, Wauseon at 7:30pm.

Upcoming Hamfests:

09/09/2012 Findlay, OH
09/16/2012 Adrian, MI
10/07/2012 Madison Heights, MI (USECA)
10/21/2012 Kalamazoo, MI
11/17/2012 Ft Wayne, IN

Further details can be found at the ARRL Website: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search

Other Events:

08/31/2012-09/06/2012 Fulton County Fair
09/08/2012 Ohio Parks on the Air http://parks.portcars.org/ospota/

Club Nets:

Weeknights at 10:30pm Bud's Midnight Madness Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 8pm Informal Two Meter & ARES Net -- 147.195+
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 50.400 AM on the first Wednesday of the month
Wed at 9pm 6M Net -- 52.525 FM Simplex

Latest Club Information:

With Dave Nelson recovering from his recent surgery, I have been asked to fill in the role as VEC Liaison for our team for the next few months.  The ARRL has approved this change and I regret to say that my first act will be to cancel our normal testing session for the end of August since I will be unavailable that day.  I would like to think taking one month off our regular schedule should not be that big of deal since we do not have anyone scheduled yet anyhow.  I will plan on contacting the ARRL on Monday to adjust our schedule on their website.  I will also post a message to the club website indicating this action as well.

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